LanVy Nguyen is the founder of Fashion4Freedom, she leads a group of multi-disciplinary design innovators committed to bringing economic democracy and social impact to the current fashion industry. She calls herself an accidental philanthropist having left corporate America to invest in big manufacturing overseas only to be judgmental and dissatisfied with social and environmental outcomes in Vietnam, LanVy established an impact fund that directly invests in rural farmers and artisans. Today the fund have invested in over 100 artisan co-ops, villages, and communities impacting over 40K people in rural Vietnam while changing the manufacturing model that includes traditional makers and preserve artisanal heritage. FASHION4FREEDOM has accomplished in creating a new manufacturing model that efficiently use impact funds to inject new capital, improve productivity, and empower an unrepresented labor force to compete with conventional factory methods. With experience at all levels of the supply chain from designing to quality assessment, LanVy has the unique portfolio to provide the industry with an alternative and ethical choice for product development and production. Prior to work in Vietnam, LanVy spent a decade in roles relating to corporate finance, business development, and mergers & acquisition. She combines strength in business development, manufacturing experience, love of design and passion for social change to establish Fashion4Freedom.
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